The Ultimate Lifesaver
Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13
An article in Reader’s Digest described the actions of Dave Shoemaker, captain of the 180-foot fishing vessel, “Galaxy,” somewhere off Alaska’s St. Paul Island. The article read, “When a disastrous engine fire wreaked havoc for the Galaxy and its crew, Captain Shoemaker bravely walked through the smoke and flames with no protection but a bandanna around his mouth to radio for help. Shoemaker continued to put the lives of his crew first and worked to help them to safety despite incurring three broken ribs, extensive burns to his skin and the increasing chance of going down with the ship. Like a true captain, he made certain he was the last of the crew to be rescued by the Coast Guard, who arrived thanks to his initial Mayday call. The Galaxy was completely lost, but thanks in great part to Shoemaker’s courage under fire, 21 of the 25 crew members survived.” Captain Shoemaker, a modern day hero, put his own life on the line in order to save the life of his crewmembers.
Let’s reflect on our ultimate lifesaver, the Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Remember that he willingly suffered, bled and died—taking our own sin and shame on Himself as He hung on a cross— that we might be saved from an eternity of separation from God. In his resurrection from the grave, Jesus broke the power of sin and death—and guaranteed rescue—to anyone who believes in Him. He is our most shining example of heroism in action.
Yet, the story doesn’t end here. We, in fact, are destined to become part of the story. For Jesus calls all of us who have experienced His rescue to become part of his rescue team—to act heroically, willingly putting our lives on the line—in order to help rescue others. “Snatch others from the fire and save them,” is how the New Testament book of Jude puts it. It’s a simple act of gratitude for we who have been given a lifeline, to share a lifeline with someone else.
Today, offer a prayer of thanks to Jesus, our ultimate lifesaver and consider someone around you with whom you can share your own Easter story of rescue. You never know. In doing so, you just might “snatch someone from the fire.”
This devotional was written by Jim Liebelt.
Submitted by Jodie Hampton
This fortnight, staff and students pray for:
- DOYBAN: Emma, Molly, Zoe, Oliver & Oscar
- EMMETT: Mick, Melissa, Olivia, Amelia & Isla
- EVANS: Chris, Shona, Brayden & Deegan
- GASTON: Paul, Vanessa, Jack, Thomas & Max
- Jayden Evans – 6/7 Teacher
- Dan Hausler – 2/3 Teacher
- Jennifer Grieger – PE/Health Teacher
- John Morgan – Grounds and Maintenance
6 Olivia Emmett
8 Tate Grieger
11 Harry Swincer
15 Senspri Qualter
27 Isla Emmett
27 Miranda Pritchard-Gordon
29 Rian Maddern
7 Olivia Harvey
This week we pray that all our families enjoy a peaceful, happy, and blessed Easter with their loved ones.
“Oh give thanks to the Lord for He is good, His love endures forever”. Psalm 136 vs 1
Coming to the end of our first term for 2021 I simply have to acknowledge that we have so much to give thanks for. There are obvious blessings like the official opening of our new learning spaces on March 19th. What a wonderful day of thanksgiving that was as we celebrated with our school family, invited guests and past school families. It gives me so much joy to see the way in which the students and teachers are using our classrooms, deck and the breakout Learning Street, it all just works so well.
There has also been the reintroduction of parents and the wider school community into the school from this term. Being able to begin our year with the traditional Aloha Night was very special and something we will never take for granted again. Last week, holding Sports Day with students, families and extended family was a very precious experience and the spirit of the school shone all day.
I also give thanks that we are able to proceed with the usual operational events such as swimming week, district athletics day and parent teacher interviews. How very different to this time last year where teachers sat alone in their classrooms phoning each family to conduct an interview from an empty school.
In the midst of Holy Week, I particularly give thanks that our churches are open and we are able to worship together, especially on Easter Sunday, that most sacred of days for Christians. Do you remember during Holy Week of 2020 we couldn’t worship together? We bought Easter eggs for all the students thinking even if we can’t attend Zion together we can still worship in classes and then hold our traditional egg hunt. But then the Barossa schools went into an early lockdown because of a regional cluster of COVID -19 cases. Easter Sunday we were all worshipping from home on Zoom or similar. Do you recall all the church bells in the valley ringing at the same time on Easter morning? I’ll never forget that beautiful sound. What a reminder that whatever the circumstances Christians are united people of hope through the victory that Christ has already won for us.
How very different this year has been and I pray that the positive changes continue. As we come to the end of a term filled with blessings and prepare to celebrate Easter together, we can truly thank God for He is good and His love does endure forever, in good times and in bad. Thank God!
IB PYP Learner Profile Awards
|Week 9 – Monday 22 March 2021|
|FDN||Rachel Doering||Open-Minded||Rachel has a huge heart and as a result, her circle of friends is large. Rachel naturally makes sure that everyone feels welcome and she connects effortlessly with everyone who she comes in contact with.|
|1/2||Spencer Pech||Reflective||Spencer has demonstrated fantastic self-management skills with his focussed attitude. He always takes on feedback positively and is flexible in his thinking and learning.|
Heidi communicated a terrific understanding of the different types of forces and how simple machines work and make everyday life easier.
Whilst inquiring into personal heroes in German, Amelia has shown her ability to express information confidently about her heroes in German. This is evident through both written and speaking activities as a whole class, groups or as an individual.
|4/5||Ruby Bawden||Reflective||Ruby has been a reflective learner this week. She has shown this is our Inquiry lessons by using the marking rubric when completing her advice column assessment to ensure she can produce the best piece of work she can.|
|6/7||Sam Swincer||Risk-Taker||Sam has been a risk taker this year with his efforts in all his SAPSASA work as well as taking risks with his writing to explore new and interesting themes.|
|Week 10 – Monday 29 March 2021|
Austin is a kind-hearted and fun loving friend. He openly includes others and has such an infectious smile. Austin is a natural connector and works with all of his classmates.
The Foundation class demonstrated that they were risk-takers when they all independently drew a detailed self-portrait of themselves. They worked so hard and included so much detail and their self-portraits look amazing.
|1/2||Will Pitman||Caring||Will shows incredible patience and love for everyone at school, every day. He is someone that looks after and stands up for others and goes out of his way to help students and teachers.|
|2/3||Alexander Johnson||Communicator||Alexander has paid close attention to constructive feedback to improve his communication skills. He was creative in the way he presented his ideas to move animals around a zoo using simple machines.|
|4/5||Deegan Evans||Thinker||Deegan has approached all tasks this week with a thinkers’ perspective. He has shown this by asking deep questions about our topics, particularly for multiplication in mathematics.|
|6/7||Ella Randall||Communicator||Ella displayed fantastic communication with her work as house captain last week during sports day. She was very vocal and supportive of her house, and led her team with pride.|
Classroom Snapshot – Mrs Jennifer Grieger
The Good Shepherd Lutheran School Athletics Day was held on Friday 26th March. The day began with opening worship in the hub; with students sitting in their house teams for the special occasion. This was then followed by a ‘chant off’ with the house captains leading their teams to unveil their team chants in hopes of claiming bragging rights on who performed the loudest.
At 9:30am the athletics events began. The students showed off their skills in sprints, long distance, high jump, long jump, shot put and discus; keeping in line with events offered at the SAPSASA District Athletics. The students showed they were risk takers and principled as they went from event to event and tried their best to earn points for their teams. Not only was there amazing athleticism demonstrated throughout the day, but sportsmanship as well. The way the students cheered, encouraged and supported each other throughout the day was incredible to watch and made us all feel truly blessed to be a part of this amazing, caring community.
The atmosphere around the school was incredible and it was fantastic to see so many parents and members of the wider school community attend the day. The P&F did a wonderful job providing house colour themed treats throughout the day, topping the day off with an amazing lunch for students and families which was shared in and around the team marquees.
This year we were fortunate to have seven student representatives from Faith Lutheran College to support the students and teachers by running the events for the day. The events ran smoothly and timely which was a big credit to the Faith students. We thank Mr Cameron and Mr Grieger for their efforts to coordinate the students, and Principal Mr Steve Wilksch for providing us with the opportunity to host the students for the day. They were a true asset.
The afternoon saw the team rivalry amp up as the students competed in the team novelty games and year level relays. There was even a guest appearance from a few teachers in the teacher and student event.
Despite the best efforts of their rivals, and with not even half a point separating first, second and third places, Angas was crowned the overall champions of the day.
Our school community would like to thank and acknowledge our Sports Coordinator, Mrs Jennifer Grieger for all of her time and hard work in planning and coordinating this year’s Sports Day.
We also thank the tireless work of our P&F team for their efforts on the day. We appreciate the assistance of the Faith College students for their supervision of the events and lastly a big shout out to Amanda Pech for her amazing photography that showcased all of the wonderful things about our school on the day.
SAPSASA Barossa & Light District Athletics Carnival
Throughout their PE lessons, the senior students in years 4-7 had the opportunity to compete for a place to represent Good Shepherd at the SAPSASA District Athletics Carnival. We had 28 athletes travel to Lyndoch Oval on the 24th March (just two days before our own Athletics Day).
Just two students per events were invited to participate per age group. The chosen athletes were the students who performed the best for their year level at the given sport. The way the students represented Good Shepherd was nothing short of amazing. I was proud to see the way they demonstrated being risk takers; they were determined, gave new things a go and persevered when things got tough. They showed they were caring and principled by cheering hard for their team mates. They demonstrated fine sportsmanship as they cheered and encouraged other participants from other schools as well. There were many great personal achievements through the day which you all the students should be so proud of. A huge congratulations goes to Priya Rathjen who qualified for finals of the 100m sprint and finished 2nd overall in that race. This qualifies her to be part of the Barossa/Light Country State Championships relay team in September.
A huge thank you goes out to all the fabulous parent volunteers who transported students to and from the event, and stayed on throughout the day to help supervise students, marshall events and cheer on the team. We truly appreciate your support.
We look forward to doing it all again at Faith Challenge later in the year.
Congratulations to Angas for coming first and to everyone who participated. It was pleasing to witness such fantastic sportsmanship! We would like to thank all the families who donated baked goods for the cake stall. We were absolutely blown away by the school community’s support. Many thanks to Dannie Spiteri and Sarah Gripton for co-ordinating the stall.
Born Again – Pre-loved Fashions & Wares
The P&F are super excited about our latest fundraising venture, ‘Born Again – Preloved fashions & wares. This is a Preloved clothing Pop-Up store, which you can also view on Facebook and Instagram. This store will be at events such as the Angaston Town Day (18/04/2021) and also on the occasional weekend, in the Angaston main street.
We are currently looking for high quality fashion/wares, so if you have any items that you either haven’t worn or are still in as new condition that you would like to donate, let us know. All profits are going directly to the P&F and our amazing children at GSLS. Please ’like’ and ‘follow’ our Facebook and Instagram pages. To make a donation, please see Melissa Jachmann or Julie Maddern.
The P&F would like to wish everyone a happy and safe Easter. We hope everyone has a restful holiday period and look forward to seeing you all in Term 2!
ALWS ‘ Walk My Way’
Our school community is stepping out to bring love to life through Walk My Way!
We’re challenging ourselves to walk as many laps of the oval as possible between recess and lunch on Friday 21 May (Term 2, Week 4).
We’re walking in recognition of the long and dangerous journey refugees must take to find safety… and to raise money to help send a refugee child to school at the same time!
It’s only $26 to help provide a teacher, textbook and table for one pre-school child living in a refugee camp in East Africa – for a WHOLE year! Many of these kids were born here, and know no other life. Some even arrived alone, without mum or dad.
We want to help in a practical way that changes lives – and through Walk My Way we can do just that!
We’d love it if you could support us in this challenge by sponsoring us.
You’re also welcome to join us for the Walk on Friday 21 May – and show students helping others is important to ALL of us!
You can find out more about Walk My Way here or contact school coordinator and Year 1/2 teacher Ms Abby Beames (in the classroom, 8564 2396, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thank you so much for taking action to bring love to life for these refugee kids, and supporting us in the Walk My Way challenge!
Walk My Way is an initiative of Australian Lutheran World Service, the overseas aid and development agency of the Lutheran Church.
IMPORTANT: Due to COVID restrictions, we will require QR check-ins and social distancing for our Walk. Thank you!
It is important that the school is notified by 9.00am each day if your child is absent. Please ensure that a reason is included with your notification. You are able to advise us of absentees by phoning and leaving a message prior to 8.30am or email email@example.com. Please note that we plan to discontinue the use of the Skoolbag App. Please understand that the Front Office is unable to access SeeSaw notifications sent directly to class teachers. We also ask that parents keep children home if they are unwell.
With the weather warming up it is really important that all students bring sufficient water into school to keep them well hydrated. Bottles can be refilled at the water fountains during the day.
All students are required to bring a hat to school. Our school supports the SunSmart actions of Slip, Slop, Seek and Slide wherever possible and follow the guidelines below to ensure all students are protected from over-exposure to UV radiation:
– Children not wearing an appropriate hat will be sat out of play in the shade.
– Parents are encouraged to supply sunscreen for their children, although there will be bulk sunscreen packs available at school.
– The application of sunscreen will be encouraged before going out for recess/lunch or any outdoor activity between 10.00am and 3.00pm.
Anyone wanting to access daily UV levels can access via the free SunSmart app.
Car Park Safety and Speed Zones
We remind everyone that the safety of our students is paramount. Please ensure you are aware of the speed limits in and around the school and always encourage your children to use the footpaths in the school car park.
Dear Good Shepherd Community,
As Christians, Easter is a very special time to reflect on our faith and be reminded of what Jesus did for us.
May you all be blessed as you celebrate the true meaning of Easter, from the reflection of Good Friday to the joy of Easter Sunday and the promise of eternal life.
This week’s Parenting Ideas article is about managing Anxiety in its early stages.
The Australian Primary Principals Associations (APPA) recently highlighted the enormity of the anxiety problem that children are facing. Unfortunately, stress and anxiety has heightened with the impact of the pandemic. A survey showed that 80% of school leaders regard anxiety as a significant issue for children.
This article will help you recognise anxiety triggers, know how it shows, give kids tools to manage their states and help them understand how anxiety works.
Richest Easter Blessings,
Managing anxiety before it becomes a problem
Research shows that childhood anxiety left unmanaged will almost certainly re emerge, highlighting the importance of early detection and management of anxiety. Parents, as first responders, play an important role by minimising the impact of stressful moments before they lead to full-blown anxiety. Here’s how they can help.
Recognise anxiety triggers
Recognising the events that trigger anxiety is the first step in helping a child to manage their stress. Rapid or unpredictable change, new social situations, unfamiliar events and difficult experiences are the most common anxiety stressors for kids.
Know how it shows
Stress and anxiety show in many ways however most children display anxiety behaviours that are unique to them. Typically, anxiety shows through physical signs such as chest pains, nausea and headaches. Anxiety can be observed through behavioural clues such as avoidance of activities, aggression, concentration difficulties and constant fiddling and movement. Worrying, overthinking and catastrophising are also common in children who experience anxiety. Knowing how anxiety shows in your child will alert you to respond appropriately with support and understanding.
Give kids tools to manage their states
Once anxiety is experienced it never truly disappears. It’s always there in the background. Anxiety needs managing so kids can get on with their lives rather than become overwhelmed by stress and worry. Providing children with tools to manage their thinking, emotional and physical states prevents anxiety from becoming debilitating. Management tools such as deep breathing, mindfulness and exercise as well as techniques to help kids distance themselves from their anxiety-inducing thoughts help them minimise the impact of stress.
Help them understand how anxiety works
Children who understand what happens in their brains and bodies when they are stressed are better able to manage their anxious states. Providing children with a thorough knowledge of how anxiety works and how it shows empowers them to push their worries into the background while they get on with their lives. Managing anxiety takes practice, but it’s absolutely essential if children are to flourish rather than become overwhelmed by stress and worry.
Stress and anxiety have accelerated with the impact of the pandemic. The growing rate of anxiety is no one’s fault, however it does mean that parents need to become more knowledgeable about how anxiety works, how it shows and how you can help your children.
Finance and Administration News
School Fees Term 1 2021
Please note payment of school fees for Term 1 are now overdue. Please contact our Finance Officer, Sarah Loveday if you would like to discuss payment arrangements.
Our Uniform Shop Coordinator, Virginia will be available each Monday afternoon from 3.15pm – 3.45pm during the school term for any uniform purchases. Please contact Virginia directly if you have any uniform queries on 0407 716 350.
Notice of Withdrawal
We remind families that we require one term’s notice in writing of your intention to withdraw a student to avoid being charged an additional term’s fees.
School Card Scheme 2021
Did you know that limits for the school card have now been increased. So you may now be eligible if you have not been in the past. Applications for the School Card Scheme are available online. To check if you are eligible click on the following link or contact Sarah Loveday for further information. https://www.sa.gov.au/topics/education-and-learning/financial-help-scholarships-and-grants/school-card-scheme
Office Hours: 8.30am – 4.00pm
Please avoid phoning between 8.15 – 8.30am as staff are debriefing and in devotion. A phone call prior to 8.30am however will be taken by the answering machine for you to leave a message and we will return your call as soon as possible if required.
Parents are requested to call the office by 9.30am if your child is absent. An answering machine is available to leave a message after hours. Skoolbag App also has an absentee note you can send which is received as an email to school.
Late Arrivals / Early Departures
If your child is late for school or they depart early for appointments etc parents/carers must sign them in at the front office in the Student Sign In/Out Register.
LLL Banking—Lutheran Laypeople’s League. Passbooks to Administration on Monday morning for processing during the week. Application forms for opening an LLL account are available from the front office.
Student Accident Cover
Children are covered 24 hours per day, 7 days per week, 52 weeks per year but only in respect to any injuries that happen:
- While the student is engaged in school activities and school-related extra-curricular activities (including work experience, vocational training, excursions etc).
- While the student is engaged in organised school sporting activities.
- While the student is engaged in organised non-school sporting activities with a club that is a member of an established sporting association. The student must be a registered and/or a financial participant of the club.
- During travel to and from school, school activities, organised school sporting activities, and organised non-school sporting activities.
No Parking on Neldner Avenue
Parents are asked not to park on Neldner Avenue as the buses need to be able to pull up, for the safety of our children. Please use the car park south of the school or by the Shepherd’s Hub.
We plan to begin the process of confirming places for the new Foundation students in 2022. As enrolments for this year’s Foundation class reached capacity we encourage any families to collect an enrolment form from Danette at the Front office and return ASAP.
Golden Years at Good Shepherd
100 Years Young
The staff and students of Good Shepherd Lutheran School, Angaston are proud to acknowledge the 100th Birthday celebrations of our founding Principal, Miss Gertrude Jacob.
Gertrude turns 100 on Thursday 8th April 2021.
Miss Jacob served as our school’s Principal from 1962 to 1970.
We invite you to join our new Facebook group: Good Shepherd Alumni Angaston. This is a group for past students of Good Shepherd Lutheran School from 1962 to present. Members are invited to use this space to catch up, share and reminisce. If you are in contact with Good Shepherd old scholars, please encourage them to take a look and join the group or they can share their contact details with the School directly on 08 8564 2396.
Building Blocks Playgroup
During Week 9 we welcomed Mrs Fiona McDonald, Good Shepherd’s fabulous Foundation Teacher. Mrs McDonald enjoyed reading a story and loved meeting some of our playgroup learners and their parents. This week it was great to see the children using their Easter boxes to collect lots of goodies during the Easter egg hunt. We look forward to seeing all or playgroup members next term.
Please contact our Playgroup Co-ordinator, Bec Bawden if you have any questions on 0427 538 371.
Local Church Service Times
Angaston Parish Service Times
|9.00am HC||7.00am HC @ GR|
KEVS Service Times
|9.00am at Springton|
|6.30am Dawn Service @ Eden Valley
9.00am HC @ Keyneton
|9.00am HC||4.30pm||11.00am HC|